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SEPTEMBER 12,  2021

SHORT TAKES ON THE DRIFTING WRECKAGE – OVERNIGHT: 

AN UNHAPPY NATION – FROM MARKETWATCH:   Concerns about the economy, the pandemic and personal safety are weighing heavily on Americans.  Almost seven in 10 Americans (69%) say things are going “pretty badly” or “very badly” in the U.S., according to a CNN poll conducted by SSRS released on Friday, which is up from the 60% who felt that way in March. (This is still lower than the pandemic-era high of 77% just before President Joe Biden took office in January.)   And 74% say that they are at least somewhat angry about the way things are going in the country, with the coronavirus and the economy cited by most respondents as the most important issues facing the nation.  This is even more pessimistic than the RealClearPolitics average of polls measuring the direction of the country, where 61% say America is on the wrong track.  The CNN poll was conducted from Aug. 3 through Sept. 7 — as the U.S. withdrew from Afghanistan and U.S. COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations spiked — among a random national sample of 2,119 adults who were originally contacted by mail, and then questioned by phone or over email. The responses suggest a growing pessimism about the future as the pandemic has continued to take its toll on American lives and livelihoods. Some 62% of respondents say that economic conditions in the U.S. are “poor,” which is up from about 45% in April, and almost as high as the pandemic-era high of 65% in May 2020.   The key item here is belief that economic conditions are poor.  If the upcoming midterm elections follow the usual patterns, the economy will drive the narrative...unless we're faced with some catastrophic international crisis.  If voters think the economy is failing, the Democrats will be calling the moving companies. 

September 12, 2021       Permalink

 

TRUMP SPEAKS AGAIN – AT 10:05 P.M. ET:  The former president, moved no doubt by the reaction of crowds and the American debacle in Afghanistan, is growing increasingly assertive.  His visits to police and fire stations in New York on Saturday were perfect imagery.  And the polls, for what they're worth this early in the 2024 presidential game, are with him. 

He is presenting Americans with a contrast between him and President Biden.  That is some contrast.  From Fox: 

Former President Donald Trump blasted the Biden administration's withdrawal from Afghanistan and speculated that China and Russia could already be reverse-engineering U.S. military equipment left behind.

Speaking with host Sharyl Attkisson during an interview that aired Sunday on "Full Measure," Trump excoriated the withdrawal as "incompetent" and warned it will likely endanger the United States and benefit its enemies.

Trump also expressed doubt regarding whether the war in Afghanistan is over, noting how many unvetted Afghan refugees are being resettled in the United States and around the world.

"I don't know because you have people going all over the world and being dropped all over the world right now, and nobody knows who the hell they are, Sharyl," Trump said. "These aren't the interpreters that we took. These were people that rushed into the planes, and they were so interested in trying to make it sound like 'Oh, they're doing a good job.' These people, many of these people are going to be terrorists. Okay? They're going to be terrorists. They were very powerful. They were very energetic in getting onto the aircraft."

Trump went on to suggest the nation's adversaries are already taking advantage of the stockpile of weapons, armored vehicles, and aircraft that left U.S. forces left behind.

"Now I'm saying, ‘How can they take this equipment?’ And I guarantee that China and Russia already have our Apache helicopters and they're taking them apart to find out exactly how they're made. They're the best in the world by far. And they're taking them apart so they can make the exact same equipment. They're very good at that. It's a disgrace."

The U.S. offered approximately $83 billion worth of training and equipment to Afghan security forces since 2001.

COMMENT:  Increasingly, Trump is sounding like a 2024 candidate, but it would be foolish for him to announce actual intentions this early.  Then all the incoming political fire would be directed at him.  Also, he's smart enough to know that circumstances could change, and his health could change.   He doesn't want to be known as the man who brought down his party.  Further, Trump will wait until after the 2022 midterms to assess his position.  If Republicans take both houses of Congress, especially if they do it by wide margins, I don't think he'll be able to restrain his enthusiasm.

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SEPTEMBER 11,  2021

SHORT TAKES ON THE DRIFTING WRECKAGE – OVERNIGHT:

HOW IMPRESSIVE – FROM PJ MEDIA:   They call them “public servants,” although that usage is a bit quaint in this age of staggeringly corrupt, self-serving politicians, and it’s good to know that Biden White House staffers are hard at work, doing everything they can to improve the lot of Americans and protect our nation and its allies. Politico reported Tuesday that “some people in the Biden administration are huge Harry Potter fans” and are spending a lot of time choosing “magic spirit animals” for themselves. Will the magic spirit animals, or patronus, in Harry Potter terminology, of Biden’s handlers, help get the remaining Americans out of Afghanistan, end the crisis at the Southern border, or turn around the tanking economy? Politico didn’t say.  The crack Politico “journalists” have, however, been on this story for a long time. Back on January 7, they first reported that Merrick Garland, who was soon to become attorney general, was “a Harry Potter fanboy.” And not just someone who enjoyed the books and movies: Garland, according to Politico, was “such an earnest fan of the series that President Barack Obama’s aides nicknamed him ‘Dumbledore’ [although some said that was also due to his genial manner].”  These are the people who are entrusted with our safety.  Look at their record so far.

September 11, 2021       Permalink

 

THE RIGHT AND WRONG WAY TO REMEMBER – OVERNIGHT:  I don't have to review for our alert readership all the fine remembrances of 9-11 that we have just seen and heard.  For the most part, Americans behaved well on the solemn day, with the exhibitions of poor taste kept reasonably under control.

But we're becoming increasingly aware of things that aren't under control, especially our inept, pro-leftist, often deceptive educational system.  Too many youngsters are being taught terrible things about 9/11, and it is hard to see a bright future for our country if this continues.  The takeover of much of American education by Marxists and other left-wing creatures came quietly, took decades, and is ongoing.  The intent is quite obviously to destroy the America we love.  From the Federalist: 

The 20th anniversary of 9/11 looms large in the wake of the catastrophe in Afghanistan. Much has changed in these past two decades. At the time, the Taliban were no more to us than a remote band of bearded fanatics in baggy shalwars and tunics.

Not any more. Enabled now by the feckless cruelty of a cretinous administration, the Taliban have triumphed over the United States. They did it as easily as if this nation were made of the same sandstone as the Bamiyan Buddhas they pulverized in March 2001.

Radical change occurred in the blink of an eye. Catapulted to global stature, the Taliban now have a defense minister. They are poised for access to the international monetary system. And you can follow them on Twitter.

One thing has not changed. Still intact but more anti-American than ever is the American education system. This is the behemoth that will school the children of the tens of thousands of largely unvetted Afghan nationals who filled flights out of Kabul.

Thought of that sent me hunting through notebooks and journals for comments jotted down about some of the events marking the ten-year anniversary of 9/11. One series of notes applies here. It was a log of observations made at the exhibition “9/11: Through Young Eyes” at Manhattan’s DC Moore Gallery in September 2011.

The exhibition was a collaborative series of 31 narrative collages by then-eighth graders at the progressive Calhoun School on New York’s Upper West Side. They were toddlers in 2001, too young for any recollections of their own. Their interpretation of the day was an exercise in political mythology that illustrated what they had been taught.

A quarter of the panels—a full eight—preened themselves on the sly implication that America is just one more rogue state. There were no references to al-Qaeda or enemy assault. Instead, cartoon Marines head to Afghanistan. Bombs drop on Afghanistan. A soldier lectures on “bad” Arabs. Americans start “using the flag as a symbol of war.”

One panel growled: “War was glorified and commercialized.” Such wording hardly came unprompted from the mouths of babes who seem never to have heard the word jihad. In context, the censure applied not to fanatics who shout “Allahu Akbar” in bloody ecstasy but to Americans.

That and similarly weighted captions sacrificed historical understanding to bien pensant avoidance of the obvious. Viewers were expected to applaud the program for its enlightened refusal to see evil anywhere but at home.

It was here in this country that “mosques were burned” and “Muslims were dehumanized.” And “some Arab-Americans were even murdered.” In a perverse inversion of selective sympathy, the tragic splendor of victimhood accrued to Muslims, not to annihilated New Yorkers.

And finally...

Childhood innocence is a powerful political tool. By now those youngsters are grown up. They have graduated from college, entered professions, begun corporate careers, and become voters. Some are teachers. They bring with them into adult life the attitudes they have been carefully taught.

There is more than a single cause for the ruin of a nation. Still, historical ignorance and its harvest of disbelief in the rightness of this country—generated in classrooms—is a powerful destroyer.

COMMENT:  Read the whole thing.  We've been told many times that civilizations don't die, they commit suicide.  From the determination we showed on September 11, 2021, down to to the humiliation we've suffered in the last four weeks, our suicidal route would appear pretty obvious. 

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